Presidential Debates 2012

September 30, 2012 by  

Presidential Debates 2012, These last two weeks have been a brutal stretch for Mitt Romney in his struggle to unseat President Barack Obama. Romney’s fallen behind in critical battleground states, polls show. Furor over a video of Romney declaring 47 percent of Americans “dependent on government” and “victims” eclipsed his message for days. Panicked Republicans tell him to turn it around fast – or lose on Nov. 6.

On Wednesday, Romney gets what could be his last, best chance to change the trajectory of the 2012 election when he steps on the stage in Denver to debate Obama.

“Romney can use the debate to hit ‘reboot’ and get the focus back on the economy and the failings of the incumbent,” said Christopher Nicholas, a Pennsylvania Republican strategist. “He will be able to force Obama to talk about what he’s been able to avoid for the last couple of weeks: the unemployment rate.”

It is the first of three nationally televised debates that will dominate the last month of the campaign. If 2008 is a reliable indicator, they could reach audiences of up to 60 million Americans – by far the largest of the campaign.

Recent polls show Obama with growing leads in Ohio, Florida and Virginia, perhaps the three most important of the dwindling number of swing states.

History suggests Romney will benefit from the elevating effect that challengers get from being on an equal footing with the incumbent: same stage, same bland lecterns, same lighting.

His advisers have signaled that Romney will be aggressive in attacking Obama’s economic record, hoping to put the president on the defensive and provoke him into making a mistake. In some polls, though, voters now rate Obama better on the economy than the former business executive.

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